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Black No More

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George S. Schuyler, Black No More

This outrageous 1931 satire on race relations, Black No More, by the late African-American journalist Schuyler, is as politically incorrect as can be. It’s also funny, astute, and alarmingly up-to-date. Dr. Junius Crookman discovers a scientific solution to the ”Negro problem”: glandular changes that turn black skin white in just three days. As millions of blacks ”go over,” Harlem empties out, Southern white supremacists join forces with Northern black VIPs to oppose the rising ”chromatic democracy,” and Crookman’s cronies (their motto: ”Say it with Bucks”) are forced to buy a presidential election. But a Harlem hustler eager to cash in on his new ”pork-colored skin” misses the ”sophistication, refinement and gentle cynicism” of black folk. George S. Schuyler’s American classic has all three. A